Thankful For Firefighters
Wednesday - August 10, 2011
I want to give thanks to all the wonderful people who came to our rescue with our medical emergency. My mother-in-law is visiting Hawaii for the first time and was stricken with either the flu bug or food poisoning. I had come home from work because I, too, was throwing up. My mother-in-law does not speak English. I do not speak Bulgarian. My husband remembered our neighbor at East Lake Apartments was a nurse. He knocked on their door, only to have them pull open the curtain, look at us and shut the curtain in his face. I say shame on them!
Meanwhile my mother-in-law, who’s in her late 70s, felt as if she wanted to die. I called 911 and was surprised that the dispatcher was so pleasant and took the time to explain what would happen. She did an excellent job and was so patient!
When the firefighters came, they were four of the most professional, yet truly kind people. They tried to comfort my mother-in-law even though there was a big communication gap and her medications were in Bulgarian. I don’t think they get enough recognition for everything they do! They are always first on the scene and they do not have an easy job.
The paramedics came too and also were excellent. The female paramedic comforted my mother and held her hand while the other paramedic took her vital signs. I am so sorry that I was not feeling well enough to remember to get peoples’ names. This was the Salt Lake Fire Department. My heart goes out to you all.
Janice and Nonche
Dear Janice and Nonche,
“The Honolulu Fire Department crew that responded to your mother-in-law remember this event well,” says Capt. Terry Seelig. “The crew is from the Moanalua Fire Station assigned to Quint 30, First Platoon (Q30/1). They are acting Capt. Bert Kasai and firefighters Tracy Masuda, Joshua ChingPickett and Kealiiaukai Cambra. They remember there was difficulty communicating with the patient, but that the family members all pitched in to help your mother-in-law understand what was going on. The Q30/1 crew also echoed the observation that the EMS paramedics, Pamela Yamachika and Ka’ohuoka’ala Seto, did an exceptional job of patient care and showed an outstanding bedside manner.”
Parks & Recreation has a hard job to do being at the bottom of the city budget pecking order. I’d like to commend the hardworking parks employee who uses a weed-eater to take down the perimeter and street frontage tall grass and weeds at Kahi Kani Park in Whitmore Village, Wahiawa. Although I thanked him in person, I forgot to ask his name.
In this gentleman’s time at Kahi Kani Park, it was transformed from a sad, overgrown and unkempt patch of land to a beautiful piece of real estate!
Your angel with the weed-eater is James Morrison. “He’s a very dedicated worker,” says supervisor Miles Kamana.
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